The Plymouth Green Book Club meeting this month will be discussing A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson with guest expert, Dr Mairi Knight, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Plymouth University.
In A Buzz in the Meadow, Dave Goulson tells how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France. Over the course of a decade, on 33 acres of meadow, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. But other creatures live there too, myriad insects of every kind, many of which Goulson had studied before in his career as a biologist.
You'll learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, why butterflies have spots on their wings, and see how a real scientist actually conducts his experiments.
But this book is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life in all its forms. Goulson has that rare ability to persuade you to go out into your garden or local park and observe the natural world. The undiscovered glory that is life in all its forms is there to be discovered. And if we learn to value what we have, perhaps we will find a way to keep it.
There is an excellent chapter on the use of neonicotinoids, which will help inform those who wish to understand better the scientific research that has been taking place on their effects.
The conservationist's ability to charm and educate, and tell an absorbing story in his previous book, A Sting in the Tail, his account of a lifetime studying bees, are enjoyably present in A Buzz in the Meadow.
All are welcome to the meeting - it is not essential to have read the book to join in with the discussion.
There is disabled access to the building (please ring 01752 588400 if the ground floor is locked).